{ Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of (all) existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knows that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge save what He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.}

Sura 2-255

{ Now O humankind! Worship your Lord Who has created you as well as those before you, then(1) you may attain reverent piety toward Him and His protection(2) }

{ And Who has made the earth a bed(3) for you, and the sky a canopy. He sends down from the sky water, with which He brings forth fruits for your provision. So do not set up rivals to God (4) when you know(5).}

Tafsir Ali Ünal


1 - la‘alla ‘so that’ is essentially an optative but when spoken by God it denotes an affirmative, i.e. ‘then’. 

Tafsir al-Jalalayn, trans. Feras Hamza

2 - against any kind of straying and its consequent punishment in this world and the Hereafter

3 - comfortable, couch-like floor

4 - as deities, lords and objects of worship

5 - that there can be no deities, lords, creators and providers at all to worship save God

Islam Awakened

”Behold what shows to you His Omnipotence ( may He be exalted): it is that He hides Himself from you by what has no existence apart from Him.”


”How can Allah (al-Haqq) be veiled by something, for He is apparent (zahir) and has actual being (mawjud hadir) in that wherewith He is veiled.” 

Ibn Ata Allah